I was in Nassau last week with Orlandobond, a fine group of CBN friends, and others, supported by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Film Commission. I didn't have time to access in the internet and, lamentably, didn't get formally to mark Ian Fleming's birthday (or even yet download the collection of Jim's marvelous 007th Chapter essays).
Even though I was unable to mark the birth of the man who was our founder, I'll take a moment to recall the passing, on the night of 2-3 June 1959, of Giuseppe Petacchi, foully murdered on the wing of the Vindicator bomber he'd hijacked on behalf of SPECTRE. Too opportunistic and unreliable to be a trustworthy plotter, he paid the ultimate price.
For those who've never read the works of Ian Fleming, or who've never picked up a copy of Thunderball, I'll suggest that this would be a good time to start and not a bad book to begin with. It was my first Bond book, and look what happened.